Simon McBurney's play about the mathematician Ramanujan, ???A Disappearing Number,??? invites us to regard mathematics as a fundamentally creative art. In a recent interview McBurney said mathematicians ???are principally interested in patterns, in the same way that a poet or musician is.??? Satyendra explores this idea by looking at some surprising examples in which the character of patterns that are popular among musicians depends on properties that are mathematically abstract.
Ramon Satyendra is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Michigan. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Mathematics and Music and Int??gral. His research interests include the music of Liszt, mathematical music theory, South Asian music, and jazz. He performs as a classical pianist and jazz organist.